Outrageously Healthy Foods

beansIf you want to be healthy, you need to start with what you eat. Here’s a rundown of the most outrageously health foods for you – see if any of these are what you’re already eating, and what you can incorporate into your diet!

Beans

You know what they say – beans, bean, good for your heart! And beans really kind of are the perfect food. One cup of cooked beans can provide 17 grams of fiber, and they have plenty of protein and nutrients to keep you going.

Oatmeal

These oats are not only rich in fiber but also better for more than just your heart. New studies have found that oatmeal may even help to reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Hooray for oatmeal!

Spinach

You can’t go wrong with these leafy greens. Spinach contains lutein which can help guard against things like age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness. Lutein is also thought to help keep artery walls clear of cholesterol, so it may help reduce your risk of heart attack too.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes contain lycopene, an antioxidant that packs a punch against heart disease and breast cancer!

Olive Oil

OO contains a ton of heart-healthy monosaturated fats that help to lower bad cholesterol and raise good cholesterol. It also has antioxidants that may help to reduce the risk of cancer and other diseases like Alzheimer’s.

Flaxseed

Flaxseed is the most potent plant source of omega-3 fatty acids, so if you’re a vegetarian you should be incorporating this into your diet. Omega-3 may help reduce the risk of heart disease and breast cancer.

Sweet Potatoes

Not only delicious, sweet potatoes also contain a lot of vitamin A and beta-carotene. Give it up for these tasty tubers!

Garlic

Garlic is a health superstar in its own right. It contains over 70 active phytochemicals, which studies have shown may be helpful in decreasing high blood pressure.

Red Peppers

Would you believe that red peppers are actually the best source of vitamin C out there? Well, they are! So next time you have a cold or flu, reach for some red pepper. It may help you to recover faster!

Figs

Figs are very potassium rich and also a great source of calcium. They may help to reduce blood pressure and help strengthen your bones!

Guava

Guava is an excellent source of vitamin C. One cup has nearly five times as much vitamin C as a medium orange and it’s also loaded with lycopene. Guava may even help to protect you against food-borne pathogens such as listeria and staph. Go guava!

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